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rabbi , religion educator , author

Israel Joshua Gerber, American rabbi, religion educator, author. Ordained rabbi, 1939; licensed psychologist, North Carolina. Recipient Research award Ford Foundation, Center Piedmont University Center, Religion award Charlotte Junior League; Blumenthal Foundation grantee.


Gerber, Israel Joshua was born on July 30, 1918 in New York City. Son of Marcus and Sadie Leah (Schuster) Gerber.


Bachelor, Yeshiva University, 1939. Master of Science, City College of New York, 1940. Doctor of Philosophy, Boston University, 1950.


Rabbi, Beth Jacob Synagogue, Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1943-1944;rabbi, Congregation Agudath Achim, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, 1944-1952;rabbi, Temple Emanuel, Dothan, Alabama, 1953-1959;rabbi, Temple Beth El, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1959-1972;professor Old Testament, Hood Theol Seminary, 1961-1987;rabbi, Temple Emanuel, Gastonia, North Carolina, 1980-1983;professor psychology, Johnson C. Smith U., 1972-1986;rabbi, Temple B'nai Israel, Anderson, South Carolina., 1984-1990;rabbi, Temple Beth Sholom, Danville, Virginia, 1990-1995. Past director S.E. Council, Union American Hebrew Congregations, Dothan.


  • Ordained rabbi, 1939. Licensed psychologist, North Carolina.



Chairman B'nai Brith, Dothan, 1955-1957. Co-chairman National Conference of Christians and Jews, Charlotte, 1965-1966. President Easter Seals Society, Charlotte, 1967-1969, Halfway House, Charlotte, 1968-1969.

Board directors Epilepsy Association, American Heart Association, Multiple Sclerosis Association, Charlotte. Captain United States Army, 1950-1955. Fellow American Psychological Association.

Member American Association of University Professors, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Center Conference American Rabbis (executive board), American Association Hospital Chaplains, Jewish War Vets, Charlotte World Affairs Council, Greater Carolinas Rabbinical Association, Rotary, Kiwanis.


Married Sydelle Reba Katzman, January 9, 1943. Children: Barbara Jane Gerber Parker, Sharon May, Wayne Scott.

Marcus Gerber

Sadie Leah (Schuster) Gerber

Sydelle Reba Katzman

Barbara Jane Gerber Parker Gerber

Sharon May Gerber

Wayne Scott Gerber